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Sunday, January 6 2013

The Psalm Of Moses

"LORD, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations"

Most of the Psalms were written by King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David), as poems set to music. They were however much more, in their understanding of the Messiah, and in their prophecies of Him. For example, the Psalms provide us with an eyewitness account, in prophecy, of the Crucifixion - through the Messiah's own eyes:

"22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:14-18 KJV)

A Psalm written by Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses), centuries before King David, is also filled with Messianic prophecy. While many are familiar with the apostle Peter's "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" in an epistle (as we will get to below), Moses said the very same thing, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." They were speaking of the same LORD and the same Gospel.

Moses

"90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God.

LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God]. 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]. 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 90:5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 90:6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled [see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?]. 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom [see The True Gospel].

90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. 90:16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children [see The Church: Mission Accomplished].

90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us [see Works Means Obedience]; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it." (Psalm 90:1-17 KJV)

Moses experienced the spectacle of people who claimed to be the people of the LORD, while committing the most crass idolatry in the LORD's Name e.g. the infamous golden calf at Mount Sinai was made to represent the LORD: "32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 32:4 KJV). Moses would easily recognize that "church in the wilderness" with the heathenism of the Christian-professing world today (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).

"7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness [see The Church In The Wilderness] with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands [see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?]." (Acts 7:37-41 KJV)

"Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets"

The LORD is perfect; He is the Rock of ages. Most of the "New" Testament is a historical record of the ministries of those who taught from the Holy Scriptures as they were given. It's the reason that, in speaking of the same LORD and His Eternal Truth, that both Moses and Peter said "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Moses knew the Gospel as perfectly as Peter knew the Scriptures.

Moses

"3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you [see The Epistles: First Peter and The Epistles: Second Peter]; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?], and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners].

3:10 But the day of the Lord [see What Is The Day Of The LORD?] will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness [see The Messiah's Teachings About Gates].

3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you [e.g. see The Epistles: First Corinthians, The Epistles: Galatians, The Epistles: First Thessalonians and The Epistles: First Timothy]; 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked [see What Does Wicked Mean?], fall from your own stedfastness. 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the people of the "Old" Testament know about the content of the Book of Revelation?
See The Prophets Of Revelation; see also The Epistles: Revelation


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This Day In History, January 6

871: The Battle of Ashdown between the Danes and the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great.

1066: Harold, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, was coronated. He succeeded his deceased brother-in-law, Edward the Confessor.

1099: Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.

1169: England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII and Henry II met at Montmirail.

1540: King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1558: The French seized the British-held port of Calais.

1838: Samuel Morse made the first public demonstration of the telegraph.

1848: Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical letter "In Suprema Petri Apostoli Sede" ("On The Supreme Throne Of Peter The Apostle"; see also Papal Bull) invited the Orthodox Church to reunite with the Church of Rome.

1884: Austrian monk Gregor Mendel died. He made many scientific discoveries involving genetics.

1912: German geophysicist Alfred Wegener published his (correct) theory of continental drift.

1929: King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the constitution, dissolved the government and established a royal dictatorship.

1959: The British jet Lightning P-1 flew twice the speed of sound.

1969: President Charles de Gaulle of France banned French arms sales to Israel.

1989: Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87. He reigned 62 years.

1990: Poland's Communist Party leaders agreed to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist party.





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